Eric Deggans

Author and TV/Media Critic for the Tampa Bay Times

Eric Deggans is the TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times. He provides commentaries on television and pop culture for NPR and writes on sports/media issues for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University.

He is the author of the recently published Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, a look at how prejudice, racism and sexism fuel some elements of modern media. From 2004–2005, he sat on the Times’ editorial board and wrote bylined opinion columns. From 1997–2004, he was the TV critic for the Times, crafting reviews, news stories and long-range trend pieces on the state of the media industry both locally and nationally.

His work has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune,, Ebony, Emmy, the Miami Herald, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Salon and the Washington Post. Named one of Ebony’s “Power 150” — a list of influential black Americans that also included Oprah Winfrey and PBS host Gwen Ifill — he has taught or lectured at Columbia University, Indiana University, Loyola University, the Paley Center for Media, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the University of Tampa and many other schools.

Eric worked as a professional drummer in the 1980s, touring and performing with Motown recording artists the Voyage Band throughout the Midwest and in Osaka, Japan. He continues to perform with area bands and recording artists as a drummer, bassist and vocalist.

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